Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Agree New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2016

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs CA Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 10, 2016. / AFP / GERARD JULIEN        (Photo credit should read GERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his contract with Real Madrid, with the deal designed to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021 and will thus likely see him finish his career with Los Blancos. 

Per Real's official website, Ronaldo signed the deal on Monday at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Addressing the press afterward, the forward insisted the extension is the gloss on what has been a memorable 2016 and that there's a lot more to come from him yet, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:

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Ronaldo: "A dream for me, to extend my contract with RM, a special day and I want to keep making history with the best club in the world.”

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Ronaldo "Winning the CL with Madrid, the Euros with Portugal, renew five years more with RM. This is a dream year for me. Special day."

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Ronaldo on retiring “We will see about the future, you never know. I am happy here, this is not my last contract, today a special moment."

Per AS (via Metro's Michael Clayton), Ronaldo has previously stated he wants to retire at Real and play until he is over 40.

His new deal will only take him up to the age of 36, but it has certainly increased the chances of him remaining in Madrid until he decides to hang up his boots.

During the media briefing, Ronaldo was asked about the possibility of scoring a whopping 500 goals for the club:

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Ronaldo: "I never thought I would break Raul's record. But 500 goals [for Madrid] is something possible, although not an obsession."

Ronaldo has been at Real since he made the switch from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world-record fee of £80 million. He has more than lived up to his price tag, winning La Liga once and two UEFA Champions Leagues with the club, also claiming two Ballon d'Or awards while at the Bernabeu. 

Ronaldo has won the Champions League twice with Real.
Ronaldo has won the Champions League twice with Real.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The Portugal captain and Euro 2016 winner has also surpassed Raul as Real's all-time leading goalscorer, per the club's official website.

Ronaldo's decision to extend his stay in the Spanish capital can only be good news for Real, as he remains one of the best players on the planet.

His age is sure to catch up with him eventually, but he has remained a consistent goalscorer despite having entered his 30s. He's had a slow start to the 2016-17 campaign, but a recent hat-trick against Alaves suggests he's returning to form.

At least for now, Ronaldo's extended contract will put to bed ongoing rumours linking him with a move away from Real, such as this one reported by Le Parisien (h/t the Mirror's Ed Malyon).


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